Disabled activists have welcomed the decision of d

first_imgDisabled activists have welcomed the decision of doctors to vote strongly against relaxing their union’s position on physician-assisted suicide.The British Medical Association (BMA) voted by 63 per cent to 37 per cent this week at its annual representative meeting (ARM) in Belfast to maintain its current position of being opposed to physician-assisted suicide.Some doctors had wanted the BMA to move to a neutral stance on the issue.Last September, the latest parliamentary attempt to weaken the law, through a private members’ bill put forward by Labour MP Rob Marris, was defeated by 330 votes to 118.But there were concerns after his bill was thrown out that pro-assisted suicide campaigners were already plotting their next move to try to force through legalisation, either through the courts or parliament.A move to a neutral position by the BMA would have given euthanasia supporters a significant boost in their continuing quest to change the law.Minutes before the debate, delegates had decided by a margin of only three votes to allow the meeting to debate the issue of whether the BMA “should adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying”.  Dr Andrew Mowat told delegates that BMA had debated the issue in seven of the last 10 ARMs.He pointed out that MPs voted by nearly three to one against changing the law to legalise assisted suicide last year, while the Scottish parliament had thrown out a similar bill months earlier.He said: “The public expect their doctors to lead on ethical issues. The thought of doctors killing patients creates public mistrust of us.”He said that evidence from other countries showed that when doctors’ organisations moved to a position of neutrality it was soon followed by legalisation of assisted suicide.Baroness Finlay, a crossbench peer and consultant in palliative medicine, and a leading opponent of legalisation, said: “With our hard-pressed healthcare system, doctors have enough to juggle without being saddled with assessing whose life is worth working hard to improve, and who should be given lethal drugs.”But Professor Clare Gerada, former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a leading supporter of legalisation, said it was the BMA’s responsibility to debate the issue “year in, year out”.The disabled people’s campaign network Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), which opposes assisted suicide, welcomed the BMA vote, tweeting: “Thankyou to @BMA for continuing to oppose #assistedsuicide & listening to disabled people. Our lives are worth living,” and, “Disabled people will sleep safer tonight knowing @BMA doctors support us.”Baroness [Jane] Campbell, NDY UK’s founder, added on Twitter: “Great news! Not Dead UK thanks you from the bottom of our heart.”Dr Ian Wilson, chair of the BMA’s representative body, said: “Doctors appreciate the strongly-held views both across society and their profession on both sides of this complex and sensitive issue.“The issue of assisted dying has been regularly debated by the BMA at its annual policy-forming conference, with delegates voting this year to remain opposed to assisted dying.“By engaging with doctors and members of the public in an 18-month long project, we have compiled a comprehensive body of qualitative research to look at the wider context of the issue and enable members to have informed discussions at this year’s conference.“This work will still continue and we will also be holding a special open discussion this week during which doctors will be able to share their views on some of the more complex and practical issues doctors would face if assisted dying were permitted in the UK.”Picture: Not Dead Yet UK supporters protesting about the Marris bill outside parliamentlast_img read more

TwoAlarm Fire on Prospect in Bernal

first_imgFirefighters have subdued a a two-alarm fire at 157 Prospect Avenue on Bernal Hill between Esmeralda and Virginia that broke out at 8:37 a.m., displacing eight tenants and injuring one firefighter.The firefighter was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with a gash in his head in and is reported to be in non-life threatening condition.San Francisco Fire Department Division Chief Kevin Burke said that the firefighter was injured after a “door fell on him.” The displaced tenants include five adults, two children and one infant, and some of the occupants are the building’s landlords.A preliminary investigation shows that the fire started in a heater that services the entire building and is located on its third floor, said Burke, adding that the heater had some kind of malfunction. Fire coming from 161 Prospect Ave. in Bernal Heights, two alarms. #sf pic.twitter.com/7TU8WExWSs— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) September 23, 2016 Photo by Joe Rivano BarrosPhoto by Joe Rivano BarrosPhoto by Joe Rivano Barros Tags: Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img “We just woke up and someone knocked on the door and told us to get out,” said the downstairs tenant.Jonathan Baxter, the department’s spokesperson, said the fire was difficult to get under control because of its location.“The fire is in a small space in the wall that is too small for the firefighters to get to,” he said at the scene.To manage it, firefighters entered through the front door and fought the flames from the roof. Some 66 firefighters and 22 vehicles were at the scene.Baxter said the home would no longer be habitable. Toxic fumes and extensive water damage means the tenants could possibly return in three months, depending on how quickly the insurance company moves, he estimated.Burke called the damage to the building “significant” but couldn’t estimate the financial cost.“Nothing’s cheap these days,” he said.By 9:44 a.m. only smoke was coming from the building and the fire appeared to be under control.“I was out walking the dog and we just saw a little bit of smoke coming out of the side of the building,” said neighbor Angela Walo. It looked like nothing more than smoke from cooking, Walo said, but having seen the 29th and Mission fire, she knew how quickly a fire could spread. “I freaked out and decided to call 911,” she added. It was unclear if the house was broken up into separate units or if it was a shared living space.District Supervisor David Campos and Tom Ammiano, who live in the neighborhood, came by and spoke with tenants and neighbors. Prospect Avenue was closed from Virginia to Esmeralda avenues. 0%last_img read more

NATHAN Brown expects to have Anthony Laffranchi an

first_imgNATHAN Brown expects to have Anthony Laffranchi and Jonny Lomax available for this Friday’s derby.Saints travel to Wigan on Good Friday (March 29, 12.15pm) to take on their closest rivals for the first time this season.“Jonny Lomax should be right to play, but if he isn’t 100 per cent right we won’t risk it,” Brown said. “He is a good player so to have him back will be a real bonus for us. Anthony Laffranchi should be back too but Lance Hohaia has a groin problem and won’t be fit for a couple of weeks.“We’re waiting for a scan on Tony Puletua’s knee but we’re confident it is a short term thing.”Saints have used 28 players so far this season and that has seen five youngsters make their debuts.Lewis Charnock, Dom Speakman, Anthony Walker, Mark Percival and Jordan Hand have all worn the red vee for the first time in 2013.“It’s been good that we have been able to give young kids the chance,” Brown added. “We’re in a good position that we can bring those kids in; we wouldn’t be where we are if we had to rely on the squad of senior players.“Some of those kids can’t play all the time though. Ant Walker played three weeks on a row because he was physically and mentally ready. Some aren’t physically ready to play every week and some have only been required to play for a week or so too. It’s a case of trying to find a balance.”Tickets are available for the match – and you can find details here.last_img read more

LOUIE McCarthyScarsbrook was pleased with the per

first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook was pleased with the performance over in Catalan and wants that to continue this week.The 27-year-old has been a revelation at loose forward over recent weeks and believes Saints are beginning to hit some form.“It was a good performance by the lads,” he said. “The team bought into the system, went out there, turned up and played really well. It was a good team performance.“Catalan are a physical side and aren’t a team that are going to let you walk all over them. We stuck to the gameplan and for the first 20 minutes we looked very comfortable. We went a little lopsided when one of our attacking threats was taken out of the game, but regrouped and showed what we could do.”Saints are now up to and but face a different proposition this Friday in London Broncos who are going through the mill.But, they almost turned Leeds over last week and that makes them very dangerous indeed.“It’s sad to see my former club in their current situation and of course I would have loved to have seen them at Wembley,” Louie added. “I hope they can keep going because they are a good side.“David Hughes has done an amazing job down there and I have a lot of respect for him. He cares for the sport down there and wants it to be successful. Hopefully, they can get that success soon.“Jamie Soward is in for the rest of the season and he looks really good. That mentality will rub off on the youngsters and they can become a strong team.“There are good youth players coming through and a good scholarship too. There is no quick fix but you can see the youngsters coming through.”Tickets for Friday’s game are still available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

THE Saints Way Bridge linking the town centre to

first_imgTHE Saints Way Bridge, linking the town centre to Langtree Park, home of the Saints, is to be named the Steve Prescott Bridge in honour of one of the Club’s greatest players.Making the announcement, Council Leader Barrie Grunewald said: “Steve was a first class ambassador not only for rugby but for the town.  As well as being a legend of the game he is also honoured for his tireless fundraising for his Steve Prescott Foundation.“By naming the bridge after him is our tribute to one of the greats of St.Helens and a most well deserved honour, all the more so that the bridge links the town Steve loved so much to his beloved club.”Former Super League international Steve Prescott, who battled a rare form of stomach cancer, recently died aged 39.Steve, who played for St Helens, Hull and Wakefield and for England and Ireland, was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei in 2006.The full-back was given only months to live but battled the disease and in 2009 was awarded an MBE.He also raised thousands of pounds for charity through the Steve Prescott Foundation.He retired through injury in 2004, after spending a year out of the game with a broken kneecap, and following his diagnosis set up the foundation in 2007, which has to date raised more than half a million pounds.Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said: “It is only fitting that one of St Helens’ greatest sons has such an honour bestowed on him and we are delighted that St Helens Council has taken this decision.“Steve will be missed by us all and the Club will also make sure he has a fitting legacy at Langtree Park. We will start that process when Saints take on Hull FC on February 21.”Mike Denning Chairman of the Steve Prescott Foundation added: “This is very fitting for a real life Hero and Sporting icon born here in our town.“Steve has inspired so many and has raised awareness of not only the very rare form of cancer which he battled but also the plight of those injured or fallen on hard times in the great game of Rugby League. “An official opening of the newly named bridge will take place on February 21 along with other events that will show how much Steve meant to the St Helens RFC and Hull FC Rugby League communities.last_img read more

SAINTS were honoured to receive the special Team

first_imgSAINTS were honoured to receive the special ‘Team Of The Year’ Award and the annual Pride Of St.Helens Award Dinner last Friday evening.Following the Club’s League Leaders’ Shield and Super League Trophy Success they were recognised with a special award and glass trophy that borught a loud cheer to the packed Hatton’s Travel Sponsors Lounge, which again played host to the magnificent evening of recognition for local heroes.CEO Mike Rush, James Roby and Paul Wellens’ son Harry collected the award from Linzi Prescott.last_img

ATELEA Vea was pleased with how Saints bounced bac

first_imgATELEA Vea was pleased with how Saints bounced back in their performance against Castleford.A 21-14 win kept them top of the table following an emotional week.Now the focus is on Friday’s trip to Wakefield.“We bounced back after the Souths game and put in a performance against Castleford,” he said. “That was important for us. Wakefield will be dangerous as they will come out firing after last week’s loss at Widnes.“Tim Smith is dangerous and they have strike across the park.“But like last week, the focus internally has been on us. We have been looking to improve on what we are doing well and fixing up what we are struggling with.”Til is enjoying his time at Saints and has been an ever present in the club’s positive start to season.“The fans have been great; when we came out against Catalans you could feel the support,” he added. “Then when we had a rough patch they lifted us.“It’s been great. The standard at Saints is a step up and I have bought into it. The staff and squad are healthy and it’s a good place to be.“I appreciate being here and I want this spot really bad. Staff and squad healthy. I know I have come in for Sia Soliola but I want to make it my own and do well.”last_img read more

Please note that some of the YouTube links below m

first_imgPlease note that some of the YouTube links below may contain advertising that is no longer relevant. AprilSaints began the month hoping to get back on track but gave up a 14 point lead at home to Huddersfield. Both teams eventually sharing a point.The game was the last for club legend Keiron Cunningham who ended his 24 year association with the Saints.As a result, assistant coaches Sean Long and Jamahl Lolesi were joined by Academy coach Derek Traynor to form an interim coaching team whilst the club looked for a new appointment.Mark Percival signed an extension through until 2021.The coaching trio’s first game was away at Wigan and, sadly, a superb performance wasn’t rewarded with points.Saints lost 29-18, but the game will be remembered for two things – the debut of Regan Grace and the incorrect decision to send Kyle Amor off after just 15 minutes.A red hot Castleford came to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Easter Monday but Saints ripped up the formbook to win 26-22.But the inconsistency that had dogged Saints’ play throughout the early part of the season continued four days later as Widnes snatched a late one 16-14.Yet, Saints did end the month on a high with a vital 28-6 win over Leigh.MaySaints entered a pivotal period of fixtures that would see them face Castleford in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and Hull at the Magic Weekend alongside their other Super League fixtures.And a packed fixture programme coincided with a new gaffer too as Justin Holbrook was appointed into the role.He didn’t arrive in the country until later in the month and perhaps that disjointedness and uncertainty showed as Saints were downed 40-18 at Warrington in their first fixture of the month.Castleford were too good for Saints in the Cup too, winning 53-10, before Holbrook arrived to guide Saints into the Magic Weekend.And guide them he certainly did as Saints beat Hull FC 45-0, a result no one predicted.Six different players scored – Walmsley and Grace bagging braces – but it was Tommy Makinson’s length of the field effort that would live long in the memory.The best was still to come too, as Saints not only signed one of the world’s best players but beat Wigan all in the space of two days.Saints signed Ben Barba up on a two-and-a-half year deal and then beat Wigan 22-19 in one of the best contests at the Totally Wicked Stadium to date.Percival snatching it late.And it got better as Regan Grace agreed a new two-year deal too before the end of the month.JuneTom Holmes’ late try gave Castleford a 16-12 win over Saints – but Holbrook admitted after the game the result showed how good the Tigers were and the work his men still had to put in.They bounced back with a 26-10 win over Widnes but backed that up with a 24-16 loss at Huddersfield.Barba finally arrived in the country too to train with his teammates but couldn’t play until his 12-game suspension had ended.On the field, Matty Smith’s incredible drop goal gave Saints a 25-24 win over Salford … and you simply have to check out the highlights for this one!Jonny Lomax also agreed a new contract.The month ended with a 24-22 loss at Headingley that was packed with controversial moments and a horrible eye injury to Matty Smith.Saints almost repeated a famous Salfordesque win but had left it a little too late to leave Holbrook frustrated.Tomorrow, we will reflect on July, August and September.We’re Saints and Proud … are you? Memberships for the new campaign are now on sale. To find out more click here.last_img read more

We are extremely proud to have Stuart on board and

first_imgWe are extremely proud to have Stuart on board and we’re sure he will make a positive impact in our community.Here is his story:“My name is Stuart Lanham I am 45-years-old. I live with my wife Janine and our two daughters Rachel 18 and Charlotte 13.“March 1 2014 was a normal day, being dad taxi to Rachel and running a few errands. I started complaining that my left arm was really sore and it increased over the course of the day.“By the evening I was freezing, shivering and the pain in my arm was getting worse.  My wife wanted me to go to the Walk In Centre to be checked over but I refused initially saying I would be ok. As the evening progressed my daughters also started nagging me to go to see a medic so I agreed for Janine to take me.“However, when we got into the car Janine made the decision that I was too ill for the Walk In Centre and we drove straight to our local A&E.“I remember seeing the triage nurse when we arrived but I nothing after going back into the waiting room.“It was Janine who told me what happened over the next three weeks. I was taken into the A&E assessment room and was examined by numerous clinicians. My arm was swelling massively and I was complaining that it was too heavy for me to move and I couldn’t bend my elbow.“The A&E team sent me for a CT scan but as I was in so much pain I couldn’t sit still enough to go through the scanner.“I then took a turn for the worse, the MET team were called and they rushed me into theatre.“I was operated on and when they opened up my arm they saw I had necrotising fasciitis with sepsis that had developed into septic shock. They debrided the infection from my arm and I was then into ITU.“A day later there was still no improvement and I was taken back to theatre where my arm was amputated to try and save my life.“My kidneys failed and I was put on dialysis, my whole body swelled to double the size and it was touch and go for about 10 days.“I then started to improve and was slowly taken off the monitors and dialysis.“Janine was thrilled thinking that I had fought this and escaped with the loss of my arm however when I came round I told the nurses and Janine that I couldn’t see.“Initially, we thought it was due to the medication I had been on and that it was temporary however as time went on and as we saw more specialists we realised it was permanent – not only had I lost my dominant arm but I was completely blind too. We were and still are devastated.“The effect this has had on our lives is immeasurable and every aspect has changed. I haven’t been able to see my wife for more than four years, I have missed my daughters grow up, missed my eldest’s Prom and I will never see them walk down the aisle or see any grandkids I may have.“It has been so hard over the last four years but I am just starting to get out a bit more and I help at a blind school to help other people who are losing their sight how to use their mobile phones.“I have trained with guide dogs and I am hoping to get one in the future too.“I am really looking forward to making a positive impact in our community with SCDF.”last_img read more

Soldier dies in skydiving accident at Brunswick airport

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — A soldier is dead after what police say was a “traumatic accident” near the Cape Fear Regional Jetport at Skydive Coastal Carolinas.The owner Brian Strong said Sgt. 1st Class Justin Goff of the United States Army’s death was the first in 20 years of business.- Advertisement – Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office personnel said a call came in to 911 around 10:45 a.m. Sunday of a skydiver found dead at the airport.The report given to the sheriff’s office suspected possible cardiac or respiratory arrest. Sgt. Hames said the skydiver was identified as 29-year-old Justin Goff of Florida. According to WTVD, he was stationed in Fort Bragg.Hames said Goff’s parachute did deploy during his recreational paratroopering exercise at the airport. Strong added Goff’s deployed parachute operated as intended, but he said he believes Goff turned the parachute at a high speed causing impact to the ground.Related Article: Armed robbery, pedestrian hit near Leland LibraryThe Oak Island PD considers the death right now to be accidental as they await a full autopsy.last_img read more

PL will address the gender pay gap – Miriam Dalli

first_imgPL MEP Miriam Dalli stated that Partit Laburista has worked in favour of equality, and has the credentials to address the gender pay gap issue in Malta. During a political activity in Mosta, Dalli explained how recent Eurostat statistics showed that the gender pay gap in Malta is 11%.Dalli emphasised on the need to address this discrepancy, even though it is lower than the EU average, where women are paid 16% less than men.She explained that factors contributing to the gender pay gap vary and include more males occupying decision making positions where earnings are higher and more women taking care of their families in unpaid work.Dalli emphasised on the importance that the public votes for all Labour Party candidates so that “they can keep striving for the best interests of Malta and Gozo”.Read: “Unequal pay can be a factor in Malta’s 11% gender wage gap” – NCPEWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

More that 1 Billion Usernames and Passwords stolen

first_imgSecurity Flaw Exploit (File Photo) Advertisement More than one billion internet credentials have been stolen by a Russian gang,  possibly making it the biggest heist of its kind.The breach was discovered by Milwaukee-based security firm Hold Security.Records stolen included confidential material from 420,000 websites, such as 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. – Advertisement – The attacks ranged from small websites to large companies, and websites inside Russia have also been attacked.This hacking ring is based in south central Russia, according to The Times, and consists of fewer than a dozen men in their 20s. The hackers began as amateur spammers in 2011, but could have partnered with a larger entity since.[related-posts]The hackers used botnets to extract this type of information on a massive scale. Botnets allow hackers to infect thousands and thousands of computers with software that can allow for remote access.These remote capabilities can allow the hacker to try and penetrate other systems without the user’s knowledge.So, for instance, a botnet could enable your computer to enter passwords and try to hack into other websites, and you wouldn’t even notice. This makes it much harder to track the source of the attack as well, since the hackers could be using a wide range of different computers from around the world.The best way to protect your data from attackers is by making sure you don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.Enabling two-factor authentication is also a must, It is a feature that sends a code to your smartphone that’s required to login after entering your username and password. Many email providers offer this feature, including Gmail and Outlook among others.Source: BIlast_img read more

Need for Speed PC edition release postponed to 2016

first_imgAdvertisement The release for Need for Speed release scheduled for November 3rd in North America has hit a bump.The PC version will not be along the versions released and is now scheduled to launch in spring 2016.Ghost Games, which is the developer said that the delay will give them time to implement an unlocked frame-rate and improved graphics on PC. – Advertisement – The firm said added that the PC version launch will come with all of the content released on consoles until that point.An important message from the team around the PC release, which is moving to Spring 2016. Full details here: http://t.co/o0qOfbXB2S— Need for Speed (@NeedforSpeed) September 14, 2015 The team is planning to hold a closed beta across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in October with the goal of testing its dedicated servers. You can sign up for the closed beta right here before September 28th.Via EnGadgetlast_img read more

Kenya Taxi Rivalry Turns Violent Over Uber

first_imgImage Credit: CitizenTv Advertisement When driver service Uber launched in Kenya‘s tech-savvy capital, it was eagerly welcomed by many in Nairobi.But the taxi app has faced a violent backlash from traditional cab drivers angry at the new competition, with Uber drivers and cars attacked.“A car came in front of me, blocked my access from the exit. A few guys came out and stabbed my left tyres, both of them, front and back,” said Martin, an Uber driver, who like many asked only to be indentified by his first name. – Advertisement – “I understand their frustration, but like in any normal business, competition has to be allowed to progress.”Launched in San Francisco in 2009, Uber now boasts of operating in 400 cities across 68 countries, and says on its website it “delivers food and packages, as well as people, all at the push of a button.”Some visitors to Kenya might be surprised at seeing people tap on a smartphone to order a cab, followed by a driver bouncing down the often potholed or even dirt roads a few minutes later.But the East African nation has a thriving tech start-up scene, including the enormously successful M-Pesa mobile money transfer system which allows clients to send cash with their cellphones.‘Barbaric acts’ With formal registered taxis few and far between outside major hotels or airports, people previously relied on a handful of telephone numbers of private taxi drivers to pick them up.In a city famed for sometimes nightmarish traffic jams, an online service that can see a driver arrive within minutes had a ready and willing market, proving popular immediately.But that also made others angry and triggered some violent reaction.Another Uber driver, Victor, described how a colleague was dragged out of the car, beaten, and had his phone and cash stolen.“Most of Uber drivers are kind of scared. During the day, there are not such incidents, it’s safe,” Victor said. “It is only at night that you are getting intimidations, threats, all those crazy happenings.”Uber does not employ drivers or own vehicles, but instead uses non-professionally licensed contractors with their own cars, allowing them to run their own businesses.Traditional taxis remain fiercely opposed.“Some of these taxi drivers are operating as hooligans… They rob you, they beat you up, they vandalize the car,” another Uber driver said.Some of these taxi drivers are operating as hooligans. Image Credit: CitizenTvKenyan police say there have been multiple reports of violence but insist they are taking action.“We have received numerous complaints from Uber taxi drivers complaining how they are being harassed by these other drivers and even assaulted,” police spokesman Charles Owino said. “This is a matter we are taking very, very seriously.”Kenya’s Interior Ministry has issued a “strong word of caution to those behind the attacks that such barbaric acts cannot and shall not be tolerated.”[related-posts]‘Join the technology’ Uber, valued at over $50 billion, and operating in five African countries Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya has tried to calm the opposition.“We have been engaging with taxi associations since last year to find a way that we can partner with them,” said Uber spokeswoman Samantha Allenberg.“We do not feel that it should be about Uber or taxi – but rather Uber and taxi.”But taxi drivers say they won’t back down, issuing an ultimatum ending on next Wednesday to the government to shut down Uber, or they will block roads in Nairobi already congested with hours long traffic jams at the best of times.Job Nzioka, senior member of the Kenya Taxi Cab Association, denies his members have been involved in attacks.“Those are lies,” he said, dismissing reports Uber cars have been smashed up, and saying the taxi drivers in his association would not engage in violence.“They are disciplined because we also have our way of disciplining our guys when they go out of the way,” he added.Uber drivers say they will not give up, and that it is the traditional drivers who should adapt.“It’s very hard to fight technology,” said Daniel, a driver. “It is here: it is changing things, it is making things become efficient.“The only way to survive with the coming of new technology is to join the technology.”[AFP]Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.last_img read more

Google introduces My Activity site

first_imgAdvertisement Google wants to share with you all the information it has on your internet activities so it has introduced My Activity, a searchable history of almost everything you do online which offers a much more in-depth view than a browser history can offer.                                                                   The new tool will show you everything from the Netflix programs and YouTube videos you’ve watched to sites you’ve visited, the things you’ve searched for, as well as the Google products you have used.The tool’s detailed results will show you your search terms, the times and frequency you visited web sites, as well as what device and browser you used for the activities. In addition to allowing you to review everything Google has collected about your online activity, the tool also lets you edit and delete items from the list.The tool also offers users the option of suspending the web and application tracking activity.last_img read more

MTN Officially Launched the MTN Uganda Guide App

first_imgImage Credit: MTN Uganda Facebook Page Advertisement MTN on Friday officially introduced a new smartphone app dubbed “MTN Uganda Guide” for the country’s incoming travelers as well as local tourists.The app guides you with recommendations on accommodation in Kampala and beyond, restaurants & bars, adventure activities such as; museums & monuments, modes of transport and so forth.With Uganda Travel Month; a new and exciting domestic tourism drive scheduled for October 2016, Uganda’s much deprived urban millennial middle class will get to tour and experience the gems that make Uganda a much coveted destination including; Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Jinja, East Africa’s renowned adventure capital.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The domestic tourism drive has attracted the support from various private sectors such as; Nile Special, Total Excellium, MTN, Jumia Travel, Radiocity, Coca Cola and safari lodges who are keen to see the domestic market grow.Image Credit: MTN Uganda Facebook PageYou can join the trips by visiting The Pearl Guide or you can simply download the MTN Uganda Guide App direct onto your smartphone. The app is currently available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.last_img read more

Hull City v Bristol City

first_imgSTAR EVENT: Hull City v Bristol CityKC Stadium TIME: 7.45pm TV: SKY37 points separate them in the Championship and it’s long odds-on at the end of the season there will be two leagues between Hull City and Bristol City.Hull need just four points to seal promotion to the Premier League whilst Bristol City are already condemned to League One after their defeat to Birmingham on Tuesday.If Bristol City were to achieve the impossible and win tonight – that would ensure leaders Cardiff City were crowned champions of the Championship without kicking a ball.But we don’t say impossible lightly, as it really is hard to envisage anything other than a Hull win and it could well be a convincing one.The win odds are tight, obviously, but there are two things that we at Star Sports think will happen.Firstly, there will be over 2.5 goals. There’s no reason for this game to be cagey. Bristol City are already down so will play free flowing football rather than cautiously whilst Hull are as good as up and will want to show off in front of their home crowd tonight.The reverse fixture resulted in a 2-1 win for Hull in October and the same fixture last season a more convincing 3-0 win for Hull.We can’t see anything beyond a Hull win, and plenty of goals.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 points HULL-HULL HT/FT5 points over 2.5 goals(-3 points Wednesday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 20 JuneRACING2.30 Royal AscotSexy Legs 10/1 > 13/23.05 Royal AscotBold Sniper 11/4 > 7/43.45 Royal AscotAdelaide 9/4 > 13/84.25 Royal AscotMy Titania 4/1 > 100/305.00 Royal AscotMarzocco 5/2 > 2/15.35 Royal AscotPastoral Player 25/1 > 16/15.50 LimerickStay De Night 7/4 > 4/56.45 GoodwoodAda Lovelace 11/4 > 6/4WORLD CUPWe will update the World Cup moves later at around 4.30pmWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Leeds v Middlesbrough

first_imgWe might still only be in August (well only just) but it’s hard to imagine a bigger match at this stage of the season than Leeds v Middlesbrough at the top of the Championship.After bright starts to the season, both sides are locked on 13 points after five games and a win for either would send them six points clear of third placed Bolton ahead of the international break. Points very much in the bag.There was little to choose between the pair last season, Leeds winning 2-1 here at Elland Road and Boro getting their revenge with a 3-0 win at the Riverside.Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa is likely to revert to the side that saw off Norwich in style last weekend after heavily rotating his squad for the midweek Carabao Cup loss against Preston.For Boro Tony Pulís could name a similar starting side to the one that beat West Brom a week ago.Leeds United v MiddlesbroughChampionship19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main EventHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Middlesbro 3-0 LeedsNov 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 2-1 MiddlesbroFeb 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 0-0 MiddlesbroSep 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Middlesbro 3-0 LeedsFeb 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Middlesbro 0-1 LeedsAug 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 1-0 MiddlesbroFeb 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Middlesbro 0-0 LeedsNov 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 2-1 MiddlesbroFeb 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Middlesbro 1-0 LeedsDec 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 2-1 Middlesbro Looks set to be a tightly fought game but I can also see goals and will take the 4/5 about both sides to score with starsports.betRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BTTS 12 pts at 4/5 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 165.11 points(not including Fourth Test, Test series recommendations and Premier League ante-post)last_img read more

Study sheds light on evolution of human complexity

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Study sheds light on evolution of human complexityScientists find new evolutionary mechanism that takes advantage of inefficient selectionA painstaking analysis of thousands of genes and the proteins they encode shows that human beings are biologically complex, at least in part, because of the way humans evolved to cope with redundancies arising from duplicate genes.“We have found a specific evolutionary mechanism to account for a portion of the intricate biological complexity of our species,” said Ariel Fernandez, professor of bioengineering at Rice University. “It is a coping mechanism, a process that enables us to deal with the fitness consequences of inefficient selection. It enables some of our proteins to become more specialized over time, and in turn makes us more complex.”Fernandez is the lead author of a paper slated to appear in the December issue of the journal Genome Research. The research is available online now.Fernandez said the study drew from previous findings by his own research group and from seminal work of Michael Lynch, Distinguished Professor of Biology at Indiana University and a recently elected a fellow of the National Academy of Science. Lynch’s work has shown that natural selection is less efficient in humans as compared with simpler creatures like bacteria. This “selection inefficiency” arises from the smaller population size of humans as compared with unicellular organisms.“In all organisms, genes get duplicated every so often, for reasons we don’t fully understand,” Fernandez said. “When working efficiently, natural selection eliminates many of these duplicates, which are called ‘paralogs.’ In our earlier work, we saw that an unusual number of gene duplicates had survived in the human genome, which makes sense given selection inefficiency in humans.”In prior research on protein structure, Fernandez’s team found that some proteins are packaged more poorly than others. Moreover, they found that the least-efficiently packed proteins are structurally stable only when they bind with partner proteins to form complexes.“These poorly packed proteins are potential troublemakers when gene duplication occurs,” Fernandez said. “The paralog encodes more copies of the protein than the body needs. This is called a ‘dosage imbalance,’ and it can make us sick. For instance, dosage imbalance has been implicated in Alzheimer’s and other diseases.”Given selection inefficiency, Fernandez knew that paralogs encoding poorly packed proteins could remain in the human genome for quite a while. So he and graduate student Jianpeng Chen decided to examine whether gene duplicates had remained in the genome long enough for random genetic mutations to affect the paralogs dissimilarly. Fernandez and Chen, now a senior researcher in Beijing, China, cross-analyzed databases on genomics, protein structure, microRNA regulation and protein expression in such troublesome paralogs.“The longer these duplicate genes stick around due to inefficient selection, the more likely they are to suffer a random mutation,” Fernandez said. “Portions of every gene act to regulate protein expression — by binding with microRNA, for example. We found numerous instances where random mutations had caused paralogs to be expressed dissimilarly, in ways that removed detrimental dosage imbalances.”Lynch said one aspect of Fernandez’s research that is potentially groundbreaking is the observed tendency of proteins to evolve a more open structure in complex organisms.“This observation fits with the general theory that large organisms with relatively small population sizes — compared to microbes — are subject to the vagaries of random genetic drift and hence the accumulation of very mildly deleterious mutations,” Lynch said.In principle, he said, the accumulation of such mutations may encourage a slight breakdown in protein stability. This, in turn, opens the door to interactions with other proteins that can return a measure of that lost stability.“These are the potential roots for the emergence of novel protein-protein interactions, which are the hallmark of evolution in complex, multicellular species,” Lynch said. “In other words, the origins of some key aspects of the evolution of complexity may have their origins in completely nonadaptive processes.”Fernandez said the research reveals how increasingly specialized proteins can evolve. He drew an analogy to a business that hires two delivery drivers that initially cover the same parts of town but eventually specialize to deliver only to specific neighborhoods.“Eventually, even if times become tough, you cannot lay off either of them because they each became so specialized that your company needs them both,” he said.The more simple a creature is, the fewer specialized proteins it possesses. Humans and other higher-order mammals need many specialized proteins to build the specialized tissues in their skin, skeleton and organs. Even more specialized proteins are needed to maintain and regulate them. This complexity requires that the duplicates of the original jack-of-all-trades gene be retained, but this does not happen unless selection is inefficient. This is frequently a point of contention between proponents of evolution and intelligent design.Fernandez and Chen looked at duplicate genes across the human genome and found that the more poorly packed a protein was, the more likely it was to be distinguished through paralog specialization.“This supports the case for evolution because it shows that you can drive complexity with random mutations in duplicate genes,” Fernandez said. “But this also implies that random drift must prevail over Darwinian selection. In other words, if Darwinian selection were ruthlessly efficient in humans — as it is in bacteria and unicellular eukaryotes — then our level of complexity would not be possible.”last_img read more